DOB: 18 May 1975
From: Carnegie/Tatura/Powelltown/Eastern Ranges
Games: 47 (56 total)
Goals: 60 (66 total)
The former Victorian schoolboy representative and Teal Cup player was signed to the Demons after three years of wrangling over his signature. The residentially bound Charles was signed in the last few days before residential zoning was abolished.
Charles was promoted to the seniors just a week after his 17th birthday despite average Reserves form, and he was an immediate hit with five goals on debut. He signed a three year contract before the 1994 season, and was an exciting prospect, but his with the Demons was peppered with injuries and disciplinary problems. At one point the club were forced to commandeer a plane and fly Charles back to Melbourne for training to prove that he was fit for selection that week after recovering from a late 1993 ankle reconstruction. He eventually landed on the Junction Oval in a helicopter and was selected, but after kicking two goals tore a calf muscle and was put out again.
Wrist injuries plagued him throughout 1995 and he had three breaks which required surgery in that year alone. The first came in the Demons Round 1 Ansett Cup loss to the Eagles. At the end of 1996 he only narrowly avoided being delisted due to his injury problems.
Charles missed only four games in 1997, but was well down on his best and the Demons cut him loose at the end of the season. He was traded to Carlton in exchange for draft pick #39 - Matthew Blake. He suffered a compound fracture of his leg during the first quarter of his first game after ruckman Mark Porter fell across him and never featured for the Blues again.
After a promising start to his rehabilitation, Charles lost heart and after he was absent from training for a week without contact in the 1998 pre-season, Carlton sacked him. Charles moved to Woorinen, near Swan Hill, to play and was a shock nomination for the 1999 Pre Season Draft. North Melbourne showed some interest, but when he failed to appear at a session as planned they lost interest. The ailing St Kilda took him with their last pick and he played eight games in their disastrous 2000 season. During the Round 19, 2000 game against Melbourne, Charles was alleged to have called former teammate David Schwarz a racist. He apologised and withdrew his remarks.
Charles remained on the Saints list in 2001 but was suspended during the pre-season for failing to appeal at training, and after four games for Springvale in the VFL retired after a hamstring injury, citing an inability to cope with the demands of the game.
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